Gap Band IV

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Gap Band IV
Studio album by The Gap Band
Released June 1982
Recorded 1981-1982 at Total Experience Recording Studios, Hollywood, California
Genre R&B
Soul
Funk
Length 42:05
Label Total Experience Records
Mercury Records
Producer Lonnie Simmons
The Gap Band chronology
The Gap Band III
(1980)
Gap Band IV
(1982)
Gap Band V: Jammin'
(1983)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B+ [2]

Gap Band IV is an album by The Gap Band, released in 1982 on Total Experience Records. The album reached #1 on the Black Albums chart and #14 on the Pop Albums chart. Contrary to the name, it is the band's sixth album.

The album produced the singles "Early in the Morning" (#1 Black Singles, #13 Club Play Singles, #24 Pop Singles), "You Dropped a Bomb on Me" (#2 Black Singles, #39 Club Play Singles, #31 Pop Singles), and "Outstanding" (#1 Black Singles, #24 Club Play Singles, #51 Pop Singles).

This was the first album producer Lonnie Simmons released directly on his label, Total Experience Records. The album was later reissued on CD in 1994 by Mercury Records, Total Experience's parent company at the time.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Writer(s) Length
1. Early in the Morning Charlie Wilson/Lonnie Simmons/Rudy Taylor 6:30
2. Season's No Reason To Change Lonnie Simmons/Ronnie Wilson 4:49
3. Lonely Like Me Lonnie Simmons/Ronnie Wilson/Rudy Taylor 5:21
4. Outstanding Raymond Calhoun 3:18
5. Stay With Me Ronnie Wilson 4:11
6. You Dropped a Bomb on Me Charlie Wilson/Lonnie Simmons/Rudy Taylor 5:12
7. I Can't Get Over You Charlie Wilson/Lonnie Simmons/Ronnie Wilson 6:02
8. Talkin' Back Charlie Wilson/Lonnie Simmons/Robert Wilson/Ronnie Wilson/Rudy Taylor 6:42

Personnel[edit]

  • Charlie Wilson - Keyboards, Synthesizer, Percussion, Lead and Backing Vocals
  • Ronnie Wilson - Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Keyboards, Synthesizer, Percussion, Backing Vocals
  • Robert Wilson - Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Backing Vocals
  • Oliver Scott - Horns, Synthesizer, Keyboards
  • Raymond Calhoun - Drums, Percussion
  • Melvin Webb, Ronnie Kaufman - Drums
  • Dionne Oliver - Bass
  • Fred Jenkins, Glen Nightingale, Jimi Macon - Guitar
  • Robert "Goodie" Whitfield, Louis Cabaza - Keyboards, Synthesizer
  • Wilmer Raglin- Horns, Backing Vocals
  • Andy Ward, Earl Roberson, Larry Stone - Horns
  • Alisa Peoples, Calvin Yarbrough, David Drew, Lonnie Simmons, Marva King, Maxayn Lewis, Rudy Taylor, Sheila Young, Val Young - Backing Vocals

Charts[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
position
Billboard Pop Albums[3] 14
Billboard Top Soul Albums[3] 1

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions[4]
US
Pop
US
R&B
US
Disco
1982 "Early in the Morning" 24 1 13
"You Dropped a Bomb on Me" 31 2 39
1983 "Outstanding" 51 1 24

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Lytle, Craig. Gap Band IV > review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-04-15.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Gap Band IV > review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2013-04-15. 
  3. ^ a b "The Gap Band US albums chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-09-11. 
  4. ^ "The Gap Band US singles chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-09-11.